WhatsApp’s new privacy policy challenged in Delhi High Court

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has challenged the new privacy policy of the instant messaging app, WhatsApp in the Delhi High Court. The petitioner contends that the new privacy policy of WhatsApp authorises the company to look into the virtual activities of the users.

The petition has been filed by Advocate Chaitanya Rohilla, stating that the updated Policy gives the Company virtually a 360-degree profile into a person’s online activityHe has urged the High Court to issue an injunction order, restraining Whatsapp from enforcing the updated privacy policy.

He has also sought guidelines/ directions to ensure that any change in Privacy Policy by Whatsapp is carried out strictly in accordance with the Fundamental Rights.

Whatsapp updated its privacy policy on January 4, 2021 and made it compulsory for its users to accept its terms and conditions, failing which the accounts and services would be terminated after February 8, 2021.

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